Also known as pole tents, soft tops, or guyed marquees this style of marquee has vertical timber "king poles" running down the centre line of the structure, vertical "wall poles" around the perimeter, and guy ropes that run from the top of the wall poles to the ground, creating tension in the roof fabric.
Most traditional marquees use cotton based fabrics, although PVC coated polyester is used too. Whilst traditional marquees can be as wide as 120 feet, most hirers will switch to frame marquees for widths above 40 or 50 feet (12 or 15 metres).
Traditional marquees are a popular choice for private functions and traditional venues such as agricultural shows and village fetes.
A recent development has been the introduction of sailcloth tents which add an interesting visual dimension to this type of tent.
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